Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

Call for “What Future for Irrigated Agriculture in Central Asia?” on-line discussion

The Global Food Security and Nutrition Forum (FSN Forum) in close collaboration with Investment Centre Division, both based in Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) initiated a three-week online discussion titled “What Future for Irrigated Agriculture in Central Asia?”

The outcomes of the discussion will help to advance the finalization of a project which aims to support water cooperation among countries sharing the Aral Sea Basin by encouraging systematic thinking about the future.

FAO has been actively involved into preparation of several scenarios for the future of irrigated agriculture in Central Asia. In order to contribute to the development of a dynamic food security network for Europe and Central Asia, the engagement of various stakeholders such as governments, civil society organizations, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, developing projects and Water User Associations is found crucial.

The discussion will focus on the following guiding questions:

  1. What would be the first steps governments should take to create a regional agricultural trade mechanism that ensures food supplies including during periods of market shocks? 

  2. The threat of climate change is looming. What effective actions you think are possible to undertake to cope with climate change in Central Asia without regional cooperation? 

  3. The agricultural sector in Central Asia is under growing pressure to decrease water use while at the same time guaranteeing food production.  With these seemingly contradictory objectives, what characteristics should agricultural development have to achieve them?

  4. Productivity gains in the agricultural sector require public and also private investments. What mechanisms you can think of to promote private investments in the agricultural sector in Central Asia in a responsible manner? What conditions need to be met?

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